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Hartlepool Parents urged to be vigilant after attempted child snatch

Parents warned to be on their guard after a number of attempted child abductions reported to police in Hartlepool.

One girl was aged just 9 when she was followed on her way to school.

Parents are being urged to be vigilant after police received reports of an attempted child abduction in Hartlepool.

The latest incident happened on Davison Drive near West View Primary School.

As the girl aged 9 walked the short distance to school she noticed a van in the corner of her eye slowly crawling behind her.

Upon seeing the van she instantly panicked and began running to school, the van then speed up to catch her.

She suddenly stopped to fasten her lace and the van stopped next to her. The girl turned back in the direction she came from and headed back to Warren Road.

The van sung round and followed her all the way back to the Traffic lights were the van made off in an unknown direction.

The description of the male is not know as the girl only focused on the van and feared for her life as she ran home in tears.

West View Primary School in Hartlepool messages all parents and sent a letter home warning children to either be picked up by parents or walk in groups of two.

There have also been a number of reported similar incidents in the West View area.

No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.

If you spot anyone acting suspicious please alert the police immediately by calling 999

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